DK2930945T3 - Hearing aid device that has battery drawer - Google Patents

Hearing aid device that has battery drawer Download PDF

Info

Publication number
DK2930945T3
DK2930945T3 DK14163696.9T DK14163696T DK2930945T3 DK 2930945 T3 DK2930945 T3 DK 2930945T3 DK 14163696 T DK14163696 T DK 14163696T DK 2930945 T3 DK2930945 T3 DK 2930945T3
Authority
DK
Denmark
Prior art keywords
hearing aid
aid device
battery
drawer
housing
Prior art date
Application number
DK14163696.9T
Other languages
Danish (da)
Inventor
Oliver Sundberg
Troels Holm Pedersen
Original Assignee
Oticon As
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Application filed by Oticon As filed Critical Oticon As
Priority to EP14163696.9A priority Critical patent/EP2930945B1/en
Application granted granted Critical
Publication of DK2930945T3 publication Critical patent/DK2930945T3/en

Links

Classifications

    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R25/00Deaf-aid sets, i.e. electro-acoustic or electro-mechanical hearing aids; Electric tinnitus maskers providing an auditory perception
    • H04R25/60Mounting or interconnection of hearing aid parts, e.g. inside tips, housings or to ossicles
    • H04R25/602Mounting or interconnection of hearing aid parts, e.g. inside tips, housings or to ossicles of batteries
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R25/00Deaf-aid sets, i.e. electro-acoustic or electro-mechanical hearing aids; Electric tinnitus maskers providing an auditory perception
    • H04R25/60Mounting or interconnection of hearing aid parts, e.g. inside tips, housings or to ossicles
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R25/00Deaf-aid sets, i.e. electro-acoustic or electro-mechanical hearing aids; Electric tinnitus maskers providing an auditory perception
    • H04R25/65Housing parts, e.g. shells, tips or moulds, or their manufacture
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R2225/00Details of deaf aids covered by H04R25/00, not provided for in any of its subgroups
    • H04R2225/021Behind the ear [BTE] hearing aids
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R2225/00Details of deaf aids covered by H04R25/00, not provided for in any of its subgroups
    • H04R2225/023Completely in the canal [CIC] hearing aids
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R2225/00Details of deaf aids covered by H04R25/00, not provided for in any of its subgroups
    • H04R2225/025In the ear hearing aids [ITE] hearing aids
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R2225/00Details of deaf aids covered by H04R25/00, not provided for in any of its subgroups
    • H04R2225/61Aspects relating to mechanical or electronic switches or control elements, e.g. functioning
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04RLOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS
    • H04R2225/00Details of deaf aids covered by H04R25/00, not provided for in any of its subgroups
    • H04R2225/77Design aspects, e.g. CAD, of hearing aid tips, moulds or housings

Description

DESCRIPTION

Technical Field [0001] The present disclosure generally relates to a hearing aid device. The present disclosure more particularly relates a hearing aid device comprising a housing having an opening and a battery drawer constituting a battery door that is rotably mounted to the housing.

Prior art [0002] US 6144749 A discloses an enclosure for a battery for a hearing aid. The enclosure comprises a flexible strip connecting an enclosure door with an inside surface of case of the device. When the door is open, the strip forms a sling across the enclosure opening and the strip forms a living hinge to hold the door to the case of the device. The device is configured to receive a battery being inserted into the enclosure opening against the strip while the door is pushed into the enclosure opening. When the door is opened and the strip is pulled outward by the strip, the strip provides a force to push the battery out of the opening.

[0003] US 5995636 A discloses a hearing aid with a battery compartment containing a battery and a cover pivotably coupled to a housing. The cover is adapted to close off the battery compartment. The hearing aid comprises a contact arrangement that is actuated by pressing on the cover in closed position to pivot the cover. The contact arrangement can be activated by a spring-loaded movement of the cover beyond the normal closed position.

[0004] US 4941180 A discloses a hearing aid having a hinged battery compartment configured to receive a battery. The hearing aid comprises a latch notch mechanism that in conjunction with a switch, allows for a selection of the operational mode of the hearing aid. This is done by positioning the hinged battery compartment at various angles to the hearing aid housing. The battery is held firmly in the battery compartment in the various switching positions by a contact spring.

[0005] DE 102010041263 A1 discloses a housing for a hearing aid. The housing has elastically deformable sealing lip element arranged between the surfaces of detachably connectable portions of the hearing aid housing. The end portion of the sealing lip element is connected to housing portion while the other end extends over surface of a portion of the housing. The sealing lip element is undeflected in non-sealing condition and the end portion of the sealing lip element is elastically deformed in the sealing.

[0006] DE 102009004118 B3 discloses a hearing aid comprising a battery compartment that is configured to be pull when a battery has to be removed from the casing of the hearing aid. A locking element is pressed into a slot of the compartment to lock the compartment to the casing. An upper side of the element is arranged below an opening of the slot in a locking condition. The locking element stands in contact with the casing in a form-fit manner. The locking element is pressed further into the slot for unlocking such that the element is no longer in form-fit contact with the casing.

[0007] EP 0 332 938 disclose a hearing aid with a battery arranged in a battery compartment, a spring contact arrangement for the electrical connection with hearing aid components, a battery receptacle and the like, the spring contact is inserted with one end into a circuit board of an amplifier, so that the spring contact is held in an adjustment position by an element which can be attached to the housing, in which position the spring contact is in contact with the second battery terminal when the battery receptacle is closed and that an insulated spring arm is provided which prevents a contact between the spring contact and the battery when the battery receptacle is open. This prevents the current-consuming hearing aid components from making contact with the battery when the battery receptacle is opened into the "off' position. US 3,138,491 disclose a hearing aid having a combination of a switch and battery holder. The battery holder comprises two finger ears positioned at opposite ends so that the switch may be rocked or pivoted by means of the finger ears to place the battery in a switch-on or switch-off position.

[0008] When it comes to operation of the battery door and the on/off function the prior art devices are difficult to use for most hearing aid users. This is especially the case when the hearing aid is worn by the user.

[0009] Thus, there is need for a hearing aid device that is easier and more user-friendly to apply for the user of the hearing aid device.

[0010] It is an object to provide a hearing aid device that is easier and more user-friendly to use than the prior art hearing aid devices. A further object is to provide an alternative to the prior art.

Summary [0011] The objects may be achieved by a hearing aid device as defined in claim 1. Preferred embodiments are defined in the dependent sub claims and explained in the following description and illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

[0012] In the present context, a "hearing aid device" refers to a device, such as e.g. a hearing aid, a listening device or an active ear-protection device, which is adapted to improve, augment and/or protect the hearing capability of a user by receiving acoustic signals from the user's surroundings, generating corresponding audio signals, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears.

[0013] A "hearing aid device" further refers to a device such as an earphone or a headset adapted to receive audio signals electronically, possibly modifying the audio signals and providing the possibly modified audio signals as audible signals to at least one of the user's ears. Such audible signals may e.g. be provided in the form of acoustic signals radiated into the user's outer ears, acoustic signals transferred as mechanical vibrations to the user's inner ears through the bone structure of the user's head and/or through parts of the middle ear as well as electric signals transferred directly or indirectly to the cochlear nerve and/or to the auditory cortex of the user.

[0014] A hearing device may be configured to be worn in any known way, e.g. as a unit arranged behind the ear with a tube leading air-borne acoustic signals into the ear canal or with a loudspeaker arranged close to or in the ear canal, as a unit entirely or partly arranged in the pinna and/or in the ear canal, as a unit attached to a fixture implanted into the skull bone, as an entirely or partly implanted unit, etc. A hearing aid device may comprise a single unit or several units communicating electronically with each other.

[0015] More generally, a hearing aid device comprises an input transducer for receiving an acoustic signal from a user's surroundings and providing a corresponding input audio signal and/or a receiver for electronically receiving a input audio signal, a signal processing circuit for processing the input audio signal and an output means for providing an audible signal to the user in dependence on the processed audio signal. In a case where the input audio signal is received electronically the input audio signal has preferably been digitalised by another unit.

[0016] Some hearing aid devices may comprise multiple input transducers, e.g. for providing direction-dependent audio signal processing. In some hearing aid devices, the receiver may be a wireless receiver. In some hearing aid devices, the receiver may be e.g. an input amplifier for receiving a wired signal. In some hearing aid devices, an amplifier may constitute the signal processing circuit. In some hearing aid devices, the output means may comprise an output transducer, such as e.g. a loudspeaker for providing an air-borne acoustic signal or a vibrator for providing a structure-borne or liquid-borne acoustic signal. In some hearing aid devices, the output means may comprise one or more output electrodes for providing electric signals.

[0017] In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be adapted to provide a structure-borne acoustic signal transcutaneously or percutaneously to the skull bone. In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be implanted in the middle ear and/or in the inner ear. In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be adapted to provide a structure-borne acoustic signal to a middle-ear bone and/or to the cochlea. In some hearing aid devices, the vibrator may be adapted to provide a liquid-borne acoustic signal in the cochlear liquid, e.g. through the oval window. In some hearing aid devices, the output electrodes may be implanted in the cochlea or on the inside of the skull bone and may be adapted to provide the electric signals to the hair cells of the cochlea, to one or more hearing nerves and/or to the auditory cortex.

[0018] The hearing aid device according to the disclosure is a hearing aid device comprising a housing having an opening and a battery drawer constituting a battery door that is rotably mounted to the housing, which battery drawer comprises a finger engagement portion arranged at the outside surface of the battery drawer. The finger engagement portion provides a push button function to the battery drawer. The hearing aid device comprises a arrangement for closing the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door closed, where the hearing aid device comprises means for at least partly opening the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door at least partly open, where the hearing aid device comprises means for electrically switching the hearing aid device on and off by pushing the finger engagement portion. In an embodiment the battery drawer may include a push button for providing a push button function of the battery drawer.

[0019] Hereby it is possible to provide a hearing aid device that is easier and more user-friendly to use than the prior art hearing aid devices.

[0020] It is a huge advantage that the battery drawer functions both as battery placement and as a push on/off button. Thus, the operation of the hearing aid device is significantly simplified for the user of the hearing aid device.

[0021] The hearing aid device may be any suitable type of hearing aid e.g. a receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing aid device or a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid device. The hearing aid device may further be an in-the-ear (ITE) or in-the-canal (ITC) type of hearing aid. ITE and ITC hearing aids are also known as custom hearing aids. They are individually manufactured to fit a person's ear. They range from invisible in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aids to full-shell hearing aids.

[0022] The housing may have any desirable shape and size and the opening in the housing may have any suitable size and geometry. The housing may be made in any suitable material. Vents may be provided in the housing. It is possible to produce the housing by means of plastic injection moulding by way of example.

[0023] The battery drawer may constitute a battery door that is rotably mounted to the housing. The battery drawer may be shaped in any desired way and material. The battery drawer may have any desired size to hold a specifically sized-battery.

[0024] The battery drawer comprises a finger engagement portion arranged at the outside surface of the battery drawer. The finger engagement portion may have any suitable shape and size. It may be preferred that a macroscopic surface structuring is provided to the outer surface of the finger engagement portion in order to increase the friction between a finger and the finger engagement portion during operation of the push button function.

[0025] The arrangement for closing the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door closed may comprise any suitable type of means e.g. mechanical engaging engagement member of corresponding geometry.

[0026] The means for at least partly opening the battery door by pushing the finger engagement portion and for maintaining the battery door at least partly open may comprise any suitable type of means e.g. mechanical means like spring members and locking members of any suitable size, geometry and type.

[0027] The means for electrically switching the hearing aid device on and off by pushing the pushing button may be any suitable type of means e.g. a mechanical coupling or decoupling means.

[0028] It may be an advantage that the finger engagement portion is configured in such a way that the hearing aid device is turned off by pushing the finger engagement portion and that the battery door is opened hereby, when operated from a closed state. The battery door may in this way be at least partly opened.

[0029] It may be beneficial that the finger engagement portion is configured in such a way that the hearing aid device is turned on by pushing the finger engagement portion and that that the battery door is closed hereby, when operated from an open state.

[0030] It may be advantageous that the opening and closing mechanism of the hearing aid device is a mechanical snap solution.

[0031] It may be advantageous that the hearing aid device comprises means for releasing the battery door from a closed state and bringing the battery door into an open state by pushing the pushing button.

[0032] Hereby the operation of the hearing aid device may be simplified and thus, the degree of user-friendliness may be increased.

[0033] It may be beneficial that the hearing aid device comprises means for bringing the battery door from an open state into a closed state by operating the push button function.

[0034] Hereby, a higher degree of user-friendliness may be achieved.

[0035] It may be advantageous that the hearing aid device comprises a rotably mounted rodshaped pin member that is attached to a base member extending basically perpendicular to the pin member, and that a head protrudes from the base member.

[0036] The use of such pin member makes it possible to provide a simple, robust and reliable opening and closing mechanism.

[0037] It may be an advantage that the head extends basically perpendicular to the base member.

[0038] Hereby, the head may be used to engage with engagement members within the battery drawer.

[0039] It may be beneficial that the battery drawer comprises an engagement portion or engagement mechanism configured to receive the head and that an engagement member is provided in the engagement portion, where the engagement member is configured to displace the head when the finger engagement portion, or the battery drawer, is moved relative to the housing of the hearing aid device.

[0040] Hereby, it is possible to provide a simpler and reliable engagement mechanism capable of bringing the battery drawer in predefined desired positions.

[0041] It may be advantageous that the hearing aid device comprises means for switching the hearing aid device off when the battery door is brought into an open state by pushing the finger engagement portion.

[0042] These means may be any suitable electrical and/or mechanical means.

[0043] It may be beneficial that the hearing aid device comprises at least one spring that is arranged in such a manner that the spring presses against the battery drawer when the battery door is closed.

[0044] Hereby the spring may provide the required force to open the battery drawer when the battery door is closed and needs to be opened.

[0045] It is possible to replace the spring by a resilient member.

[0046] It may be advantageous that the spring is arranged in such a way that the spring is configured to push the battery drawer into a position where the battery door is at least partly open.

[0047] Hereby it is possible to provide a simple and reliable construction.

[0048] It may be beneficial that the battery drawer comprises a nail grip member provided at the distal portion of the finger engagement portion, where the nail grip member protrudes from the battery drawer.

[0049] Hereby it is possible to completely open the battery drawer in an easy way. The user-friendliness of the hearing aid device is increased.

[0050] It may be an advantage that the battery drawer comprises a body portion extending basically perpendicular to the nail grip member.

[0051] Hereby, more space is provided to place a nail during the opening of the battery door. The user of the hearing aid can open the battery drawer by placing a nail under the nail grip member and force the battery drawer to open.

[0052] It may be an advantage that the battery drawer is rotably mounted to the housing by means of one or two shafts that are attached in corresponding bore(s) within the battery drawer.

[0053] It is preferred that the hearing aid device shuts down when the battery door is open and at the same time a nail grip member appears. Hereby, it becomes easier to open the battery door.

[0054] It may be advantageous that the pin member is rotably arranged in a channel provided in the housing.

[0055] Hereby a reliable and robust mechanical construction may be achieved.

[0056] It may be beneficial that the battery drawer is provided at the end portion of the housing of the hearing aid device.

[0057] It may be advantageous that the finger engagement portion is provided with one or more, preferably two or more, transversal indentations in the outer surface of the battery door.

[0058] Hereby a better grip of the finger engagement portion may be provided. Accordingly, the push button function becomes easier to use for the user of the hearing aid device.

[0059] It may be beneficial that the housing is provided with a groove configured to receive the nail grip member of the battery drawer.

[0060] Hereby it is possible to completely receive the nail grip member in the housing of the hearing aid.

[0061] It is preferred that the geometry of the groove fits the geometry of the nail grip member of the battery drawer device so that the battery door may be sealingly closed.

[0062] It may be an advantage that the hearing aid device is configured in such a manner that when the battery door is at least partly open, the distance between the nail grip member and the top surface of the housing is at least 1 mm.

[0063] Hereby the user of the hearing aid may easily use a nail, or a device, to open the battery door.

Description of the Drawings [0064] The accompanying drawings are given by way of illustration only, and thus, they are not limitative of the present claims. The present disclosure has more details, which are discussed in relation to the drawings in which:

Fig. 1 a) shows a schematically side view of a hearing aid device;

Fig. 1 b) shows a schematically close-up side view of the hearing aid device shown in Fig. 1 a);

Fig. 2 shows schematically close-up side views of a hearing aid device in different states of operation;

Fig. 3 a) shows a side view of a battery drawer of a hearing aid;

Fig. 3 b) shows a perspective view of a pin member and base member;

Fig. 3 c) shows a schematically perspective view of a pin member and base member mechanically engaged within the engagement portion of a battery drawer;

Fig. 4 shows an exploded view of a hearing aid device, and

Fig. 5 shows a perspective view of a hearing aid device.

Detailed description of the drawings [0065] Referring now in detail to the drawings for the purpose of illustrating preferred embodiments, different views of a hearing aid device 2 is illustrated in Fig. 1.

[0066] Fig. 1 a) illustrates a schematically side view of a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid device 2. Fig. 1 b) illustrates a close up side view of the hearing aid device 2 shown in Fig. 1 a).

[0067] The hearing aid device 2 comprises a housing 4 and a hook 6 that is attached to the distal end of the housing 4. It is important to underline that the illustration of the hearing aid device 2 is simplified for illustration purposes. Accordingly, a number of the standard elements such as the amplifier, speaker and microphone of the hearing aid device 2 are not shown in any of the drawings.

[0068] A battery drawer 24 is hinged to the housing 4. The battery drawer 24 comprises a battery compartment 12 shaped to receive and store a cylindrical battery (not shown). The battery drawer 24 comprises a battery door 6 provided with three transversal indentations 18 in its outer surface constituting a finger engagement portion 26. The indentations 18 are intended to provide an enhanced grip or traction when engaged by a finger of a user. Accordingly, the indentations 18 makes the finger engagement portion 26 easier to use for the user of the hearing aid device 2.

[0069] The battery drawer 24 has a body portion 38 that is basically flat (the surface has a slightly circular arced cross-section). The battery drawer 24 comprises a nail grip member 28 that includes the most distal portion of the finger engagement portion 26. The nail grip member 28 protrudes from the body portion 38. The user of the hearing aid may open the battery drawer 24 by placing a nail under the nail grip member 28 and forcing the battery drawer 24 to open. The battery drawer 24 is rotably mounted to the housing 4 by means of two shafts 14 that are received in corresponding bores within the battery drawer 24.

[0070] A spring 16 is fixed to the inside surface of the housing 4. The spring 16 is configured to provide a force that causes a clockwise rotation of the battery drawer 24, i.e. pivot the battery drawer 24 at the shafts 14. The force provided by the spring 16 can be used to push back the battery drawer 24, when the battery drawer 24 has to be opened (e.g. for battery replacement).

[0071] The battery drawer 24 comprises a pin member 20 that is rotably arranged in a corresponding channel 10 provided in the housing 4. The pin member 20 has a longitudinal axis X, while the channel 10 has a longitudinal axis Y that extends parallel to the longitudinal axis X of the channel 10.

[0072] The pin member 20 is shaped as a rod that is attached to a slightly curved base member 34 that is provided with a head 36 protruding from the distal end of the basically plateshaped base member 34 (see Fig. 3b for a more detailed view).

[0073] The housing 4 has a groove 32 configured to receive the nail grip member 28 of the battery drawer 24. The geometry of the groove 32 fits the geometry of the nail grip member 28 of the battery drawer 24.

[0074] The battery drawer 24 has a built-in on/off function. A change between an "on-state" and an "off-state", respectively, is established by changing the position of the battery drawer 24 relative to the housing 4.

[0075] Fig. 2 a) illustrates a schematic close-up view of a hearing aid device 2. The hearing aid device 2 corresponds to the one shown in Fig. 1. In the illustrated configuration the hearing aid device 2 is in an "off-state". The top surface of the finger engagement portion 26 is in this state positioned at a distance d3 above the top surface 44 of the housing 4.

[0076] In the figure it is seen that when the battery door 6 is at least partly open, the distance between the nail grip member 28 and the top surface 44 of the housing 4 is h. It may be preferred that h is at least 1 mm, so that the nail grip member 28 may be opened by using a nail.

[0077] Fig. 2 b) and Fig. 2 c) illustrates schematically close-up views of the hearing aid device 2 shown in Fig. 2 a). The finger engagement portion 26 has been pushed towards the central portion of the housing 4. The top surface of the finger engagement portion 26 in this state is positioned at a distance of d2 above the top surface 44 of the housing 4 in Fig. 2 b) and in a distance d3 above the top surface 44 of the housing 4 in Fig. 2 c). When comparing Fig. 2 a), Fig. 2 b) and Fig. 2 c) it can be seen, that d3 is larger than d2 and that d2 is larger than d-|.

[0078] In Fig. 2 a) the head 36 of the base member 34 is arranged in the lowest portion of the engagement portion 40 and engages a cam surface 42. As long as the position of the finger engagement portion 26 is unchanged, the hearing aid device 2 will be maintained in the "off-state". Cam surface 42 is shaped as a cam member provided in the engagement surface by recessing a part of the surface 40.

[0079] However, in Fig. 2 b) the finger engagement portion 26 has been pushed down, i.e. closer to the housing, and has been arranged in an "on-state". It may be seen that the head 36 (indicated with a dotted line) of the base member 34 is in contact with cam surface 42 and positioned in the central region the engagement portion 40.

[0080] In Fig. 2 c) the finger engagement portion 26 has been pushed further down and into the housing 4. In this position, the spring 16 will provide a force that will force the finger engagement portion 26 to be moved upwards. In this manner it is possible to shift between the "off-state" (shown in Fig. 2 a) and the "on-state" (shown in Fig. 2 b) simply by pushing the finger engagement portion 26.

[0081] In Fig. 2 b) and Fig. 2 c) the nail gripping member 28 has been completely received by the groove 32 in the housing 4. Accordingly, the battery door 6 cannot be opened. By pushing or pressing the finger engagement portion 26 the spring 16 will push the finger engagement portion 26 back to a position corresponding to the one shown in Fig. 2a).

[0082] In Fig. 2 c) the head 36 of the base member 34 is arranged in the uppermost portion of the engagement portion 40.

[0083] Even though it is not shown, there may be provide any suitable type of switch (e.g. an electrical switch) configured to turn the hearing aid device 2 on or off when the finger engagement portion 26 is arranged in the configuration as illustrated in Fig. 2 a), Fig. 2b) or Fig. 2c).

[0084] Thus, the finger engagement portion 26 functions as on/off button. At the same finger engagement portion 26 is adapted to be used to open the battery door 6 in order to replace the battery.

[0085] When the position of the finger engagement portion 26, and thereby the battery drawer, is changed, the head 36 of the base member 34 is moved due to the mechanical engagement between the finger engagement portion 26 and the head 36. When the position of the head 36 of the base member 34 is changed, the pin member 20 rotates about its longitudinal axis X (see Fig. 1 b). Thus, the motion of the finger engagement portion 26 will cause rotation of the pin member 20 arranged in the channel 10 (see Fig. 1 b).

[0086] It is important to underline that the "on-state" and the "off-state" may be chosen differently, so that the hearing aid device 2 is turned on when the finger engagement portion 26 is arranged as illustrated in Fig. 2 a) and so that the hearing aid device 2 is turned off when the finger engagement portion 26 is arranged as illustrated in Fig. 2 b) or in Fig. 2c).

[0087] The spring 16 may be made in any suitable material e.g. plastic or metal. The spring ensures that the correct and required force is applied to the battery drawer 24 during operation. In the "off-state"-position the hearing aid device 2 shuts down, and at the same time, a nail grip member 28 appears for easy opening of the battery door 6.

[0088] The head 36 of the base member 34 ensures that the battery drawer 24 can only move within a predefined range of motion. The range of motion of the head 36 defines or limits the range of motion of the battery drawer 24. Pushing the finger engagement portion 26 releases the battery drawer 24 from its position in the "on-state" and causes the battery drawer 24 to slide into the position of the "off-state".

[0089] Fig. 3 a) illustrates a side view of a battery drawer 24 of a hearing aid device 2. The battery drawer 24 constitutes a battery door 6 and comprises a battery compartment 12 configured to receive a cylindrical battery. The battery compartment 12 may be configured to hold a battery of the 312-type, or other types of batteries. The battery drawer 24 comprises a finger engagement portion 26 having a distal portion that constitute a nail grip member 28 protruding from a basically flat body portion 38. A bore 22 is provided in the body of the battery drawer 24. The bore 22 is intended to receive a shaft member so that the battery drawer 24 can be rotably mounted to the housing of a hearing aid device 2. The battery drawer 24 may then pivot around or at the shaft-bore interface.

[0090] Next to the battery drawer 24, a spring 16 is arranged. The spring 16 is configured to push against the battery drawer 24 to pivot or turn the battery drawer 24 in a direction away from the housing when the battery is released from the "on-state" (see Fig. 2).

[0091] An engagement portion 40 is provided in the battery drawer 24 adjacent to the body portion 38. A cam surface 42 is provided in the engagement portion 40. The mechanical engagement between the cam surface 42 and the head 36 of the base member 34 caused by movement of the finger engagement portion 26 is responsible of the motion (rotation) of the pin member 20 that takes place during operation of the finger engagement portion 26.

[0092] Fig. 3 b) illustrates a perspective view of a pin member 20 and base member 34. The pin member 20 and the base member 34 constitute a one-piece body. A head 36 protrudes from the base member 34. In fact, the pin member 20, the base member 34 and the head 36 constitute a one-piece body.

[0093] Fig. 3 c) illustrates a schematically perspective view of a pin member 20 and base member 34 that are mechanically engaged within the engagement portion 40 of a battery drawer 24. In Fig. 3 c) the cam surface 42 is partly visible. The head 36 of the base member 34 is positioned at the cam surface 42 so that the battery drawer would be in a closed state or position. The cam surface 42 includes two turning points, at the bends at either side of the head 36, and when the head 36 is at the opposite end of the cam surface 42, the battery drawer would be in an open state or position. In use the head 36 will travel clockwise in the cam surface 42.

[0094] The battery drawer 24 comprises a finger engagement portion 26 and when mounted in a hearing aid device 2 the battery drawer 24 constitutes a battery door 6. The pin member 20 shown in Fig. 3 b) is arranged in the engagement portion 40 of the battery drawer 24. It can be seen that the motion of the battery drawer 24 relative to the base member 34 will cause the movement of the base 34 and a corresponding rotation of the pin member 20.

[0095] Fig. 4 illustrates an exploded view of a hearing aid device 2. The hearing aid device 2 comprises a housing 4 and a hook 8 attached to the distal portion of the housing 4.

[0096] The hearing aid device 2 moreover comprises a battery drawer 24 configured to be received by the housing 4 of the hearing aid device 2. The battery drawer 24 comprises a battery compartment 12 that is adapted to receive and contain a battery (not shown). A bore 22 is provided in the battery drawer 24. The bore 22 is intended to receive a shaft member, so that the battery drawer 24 can be rotably mounted to the housing 4 of the hearing aid device 2.

[0097] A spring 16 is arranged next to the battery drawer 24. A pin member 20 attached to the base member 34 having a head 36 protruding from the base member is arranged next to the battery drawer 24. The battery drawer 24 comprises an engagement portion 40 configured to receive the head 36 of the base member 34.

[0098] Fig. 5 illustrates a perspective view of a hearing aid device 2. The hearing aid device 2 comprises a housing 4 and a hook 8 fixed to its distal end. An opening 46 is provided in the housing 4. A battery drawer 24 is rotably mounted to the housing 4 by means of shaft members (not shown) engaging corresponding bores 22. The battery drawer 24 constitutes a battery door 6 and is provided with a finger engagement portion 26.

[0099] It is easy to open the battery door 6 using the finger engagement portion 26, e.g. in order to replace battery or simply to turn on or off the hearing aid device 2.

[0100] Although specific embodiments have been illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art, that any arrangement which achieve the same purpose may be substituted for the specific embodiments shown. It is to be understood, that the above description is intended to be illustrative and not restrictive. Combinations of the above embodiments and many other embodiments will be apparent to those of skill in the art upon reading and understanding the above description.

[0101] In the context of the claims, the terms "comprising" or "comprises" do not exclude other possible elements or steps. Also, the mentioning of references such as "a" or "an" etc. should not be construed as excluding a plurality. The use of reference signs in the claims with respect to elements indicated in the figures shall also not be construed as limiting. Furthermore, individual features mentioned in different claims, may possibly be advantageously combined, and the mentioning of these features in different claims does not exclude that a combination of features is not possible and advantageous.

List of reference numerals [0102] 2 - Hearing aid device 4 - Housing 6 - Battery door 8 - Hook 10 - Channel 12 - Battery compartment 14 - Shaft 16 - Spring 18 - Indentation 20 - Pin member 22 - Bore 24 - Battery drawer 26 - Finger engagement portion 28 - Nail grip member 30 - Engagement member 32 - Groove 34 - Base member 36 - Head 38 - Body portion 40 - Engagement portion 42 - Cam surface 44 - Top surface 46 - Opening di, d2, d3

- Distance X, Y - Longitudinal axis

REFERENCES CITED IN THE DESCRIPTION

This list of references cited by the applicant is for the reader's convenience only. It does not form part of the European patent document. Even though great care has been taken in compiling the references, errors or omissions cannot be excluded and the EPO disclaims all liability in this regard.

Patent documents cited in the description • US6144749A 100021 • US5995636A [00031 • US4941180A [00041 • DE102010041263A1 [00051 • DE102009004118B3 [00061 • EP0332938A [00071 • US3138491A [0007]

Claims (15)

  1. Hearing aid device (2) comprising a housing (4) having an opening (46) and a battery drawer (24) constituting a battery door (6) movably mounted on the housing (4), wherein - the battery drawer (24) comprises a finger-engaging portion (26) disposed at the outside of the battery drawer (24), - the finger-engaging portion provides a push button function for the battery drawer, - the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for closing the battery door (6) in response to pushing the finger engagement portion (26) and retaining the battery door (6) closed, the hearing aid device (2) comprising means (20, 34, 36, 40, 42) to at least partially open the battery door (6) in response to pushing the finger engagement portion (26) and retaining the battery door (6) at least partially open, - wherein the hearing aid device (2) is adapted to electrically switch the hearing aid device (2) between the on and off in response to push the finger engagement part which works like a push button.
  2. Hearing aid device (2) according to claim 1, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for releasing the battery door (6) from a closed state and bringing the battery door (6) into a open mode by pushing the push button.
  3. Hearing aid device (2) according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises means (26, 20, 34, 36, 40, 42) for bringing the battery door (6) from an open state into a closed state at to push the push button.
  4. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises a rotatably mounted rod-shaped pin element (20) attached to a base element (34) which extends substantially perpendicular to the pin element (20). and that a head (36) protrudes from the base member (34).
  5. Hearing aid device (2) according to claim 4, wherein the battery drawer (24) comprises an engagement part (40) configured to receive the head (36) and a comb face (42) is provided in the engagement part (40), wherein the comb face (42) is configured to displace the head (36) as the finger engagement portion is moved relative to the housing (4) of the hearing aid device (2).
  6. Hearing aid device (2) according to claim 4, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises means for switching off the hearing aid device (2) when the battery door (6) is brought into an open state by pushing the push button.
  7. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims 4-6, wherein the pin element (20) is rotatably arranged in a channel (10) provided in the housing (4).
  8. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the hearing aid device (2) comprises at least one spring (16) which is arranged in such a way that the spring (16) presses against the battery drawer (24) when the battery door (6) is closed.
  9. Hearing aid device (2) according to claim 8, wherein the spring (16) is arranged in such a way that the spring (16) is configured to push the battery drawer (24) into a position where the battery door (6) is at least partially open.
  10. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the battery drawer (24) comprises a nail gripping element (28) provided at the distal portion of the finger engaging portion (26), the nail gripping element (28) protruding from the remaining portion of the the battery drawer (24).
  11. Hearing aid device (2) according to claim 10, wherein the battery drawer (24) comprises body portion (38) extending substantially perpendicular to the nail grip member (28).
  12. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the battery drawer (26) is provided at the end part of the housing (4) of the hearing aid device (2).
  13. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the battery door (6) is provided with one or more, preferably two or more transverse recesses (18) on the outside of the battery door (6).
  14. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims 10-11, wherein the housing (4) is provided with a groove (32) configured to receive the nail grip element (28) of the battery drawer (24).
  15. Hearing aid device (2) according to one of the preceding claims 10-11 or 14, wherein the hearing aid device (2) is configured in such a way that when the battery door (6) is at least partially open, the distance (h) between the nail grip element is (28) and the upper surface (44) of the housing (4) at least 1 mm.
DK14163696.9T 2014-04-07 2014-04-07 Hearing aid device that has battery drawer DK2930945T3 (en)

Priority Applications (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
EP14163696.9A EP2930945B1 (en) 2014-04-07 2014-04-07 Hearing aid device having battery drawer

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
DK2930945T3 true DK2930945T3 (en) 2018-11-26

Family

ID=50439255

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
DK14163696.9T DK2930945T3 (en) 2014-04-07 2014-04-07 Hearing aid device that has battery drawer

Country Status (4)

Country Link
US (2) US9445206B2 (en)
EP (2) EP3422741A1 (en)
CN (1) CN104980871B (en)
DK (1) DK2930945T3 (en)

Families Citing this family (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US9788130B2 (en) * 2013-01-15 2017-10-10 Advanced Bionics Ag Removable battery holder in a hearing assistance device
DK2930945T3 (en) * 2014-04-07 2018-11-26 Oticon As Hearing aid device that has battery drawer
DE102014218053B4 (en) * 2014-09-10 2019-05-29 Sivantos Pte. Ltd. Hearing instrument with power supply unit and power supply unit for a hearing instrument
CN106806047A (en) * 2015-11-27 2017-06-09 英业达科技有限公司 Ear-hang device for preventing snoring and snore relieving system
RU176078U1 (en) * 2017-09-21 2017-12-27 Общество с ограниченной ответственностью "Аурика" Hearing aid
NL2020373B1 (en) * 2018-02-02 2019-08-12 Exsilent Res Bv Holder for an electronic device

Family Cites Families (66)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2975226A (en) * 1958-03-07 1961-03-14 Dictograph Products Inc Battery holder
US3138491A (en) * 1962-04-09 1964-06-23 Beltone Electronics Corp Combination switch and battery holder
US3641288A (en) * 1970-06-01 1972-02-08 Electone Inc Hearing aid switch
US3701862A (en) * 1971-04-16 1972-10-31 Gould Inc Battery holder and three-position switch for hearing aid unit
CH676743A5 (en) * 1985-04-11 1991-02-28 Ygnis Sa
EP0254925A1 (en) 1986-07-21 1988-02-03 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Hearing aid with contactspring disposition
CH673743A5 (en) * 1987-08-11 1990-03-30 Siemens Ag Hearing aid with direct audio input - provided by audio connection cooperating with pivoted battery compartment
DE8803428U1 (en) * 1988-03-14 1989-07-13 Siemens Ag, 1000 Berlin Und 8000 Muenchen, De
CA2014960C (en) * 1990-04-19 1995-07-25 Horst Arndt Modular hearing aid
AT123204T (en) * 1990-12-18 1995-06-15 Siemens Ag Hearing aid.
US6041128A (en) * 1994-01-31 2000-03-21 Rion Kabushiki Kaisha Battery receiving chamber and hearing aid
IT1272245B (en) * 1994-05-06 1997-06-16 Coselgi Spa Improvement in hearing aids to deep insertion intracanal miniaturized or peritimpano
DE9415594U1 (en) 1994-09-29 1996-02-08 Toepholm & Westermann Hearing aid
US5687242A (en) * 1995-08-11 1997-11-11 Resistance Technology, Inc. Hearing aid controls operable with battery door
US5588064A (en) * 1996-01-16 1996-12-24 Wilbrecht Electronics, Inc. Hearing aid battery cover switch
US6144749A (en) 1998-04-08 2000-11-07 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Hearing aid faceplate and battery compartment
WO2000021334A2 (en) * 1998-10-07 2000-04-13 Oticon A/S Behind-the-ear hearing aid
WO2000021336A2 (en) * 1998-10-07 2000-04-13 Oticon A/S A hearing aid
AT256375T (en) * 1998-10-07 2003-12-15 Oticon As Behind-the-ear hearing aid
AU2158402A (en) * 2000-12-20 2002-07-01 Oticon As A communication device
DK176395B1 (en) * 2001-04-25 2007-11-19 Oticon As ITE hearing aid and contact module for use in an ITE hearing aid.
DE60204241T2 (en) * 2001-12-07 2006-01-26 Oticon A/S Method for producing a hearing device
US6808842B2 (en) * 2002-02-08 2004-10-26 Microsoft Corporation Battery pack
US6762375B2 (en) * 2002-05-07 2004-07-13 Phonak Ag On/off switching device for an electric apparatus or component
US7171014B2 (en) * 2002-10-31 2007-01-30 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Hearing aid battery door seal
AT465603T (en) * 2003-02-14 2010-05-15 Widex As Battery compartment for a hearing aid
WO2004112431A1 (en) * 2003-06-13 2004-12-23 Oticon A/S Electrical and mechanical connection between head worn communication device and accessory thereto
US7443992B2 (en) * 2004-04-15 2008-10-28 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Method and apparatus for modular hearing aid
CA2596741A1 (en) * 2005-02-03 2006-08-10 Widex A/S A hinge assembly for a hearing aid
AT497328T (en) * 2005-06-25 2011-02-15 Siemens Audiologische Technik Hearing aid device
DK1897408T3 (en) * 2005-06-25 2011-05-30 Siemens Audiologische Technik Hearing aid
AT483332T (en) * 2005-08-20 2010-10-15 Siemens Audiologische Technik Battery door
DK1775993T3 (en) * 2005-10-11 2015-11-09 Bernafon Ag Hearing aid with battery door
CA2624984A1 (en) * 2005-10-17 2007-04-26 Widex A/S Adapter shoe and a combination of adapter shoe and hearing aid
DE102006029815A1 (en) * 2006-06-28 2008-01-03 Siemens Audiologische Technik Gmbh Electrical device with battery compartment, in particular hearing aid
WO2008110210A1 (en) * 2007-03-14 2008-09-18 Phonak Ag Hearing device with user control
US8180084B2 (en) * 2007-03-21 2012-05-15 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Integrated battery door and switch
EP1983803A1 (en) * 2007-04-17 2008-10-22 Oticon A/S Control arrangement for hearing aids or for control units coupled to hearing aids
WO2007135199A2 (en) * 2007-09-05 2007-11-29 Phonak Ag Battery lock
DE102008008668A1 (en) * 2008-02-12 2009-08-13 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. Hearing device with battery compartment catch
WO2009118047A1 (en) * 2008-03-28 2009-10-01 Phonak Ag Hearing device with user control
CN101640258A (en) * 2008-07-30 2010-02-03 深圳富泰宏精密工业有限公司 Battery cover opening-closing mechanism
CN102165794A (en) * 2008-09-26 2011-08-24 奥迪康有限公司 Hearing aid with exchangeable shell parts and wireless communication
DE102008051925B3 (en) * 2008-10-16 2010-04-01 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. Hearing device with membrane on the battery compartment interior
DE102009004006B3 (en) * 2009-01-07 2010-07-08 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. Battery compartment with locking element for a behind-the-ear hearing aid
DE102009004118B3 (en) 2009-01-08 2010-07-01 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. Hearing aid i.e. behind-the-ear hearing aid, has locking element pressed into slot of battery compartment such that element is no longer in form-fit contact with casing, where element is pressed by spring from slot in unlocked position
EP2222094B1 (en) * 2009-02-18 2018-04-25 Sivantos Pte. Ltd. Housing for a hearing aid with securing element
JP4569709B2 (en) * 2009-02-20 2010-10-27 パナソニック株式会社 hearing aid
DK2229009T3 (en) * 2009-03-09 2014-02-03 Oticon As Hearing aid
DK2229008T3 (en) * 2009-03-09 2013-11-25 Oticon As Hearing aid
US8556303B2 (en) * 2009-08-19 2013-10-15 Blackberry Limited Battery cover and pivoting latch assembly for a portable electronic device
JP5383391B2 (en) * 2009-08-31 2014-01-08 キヤノン株式会社 Electronics
WO2011048755A1 (en) * 2009-10-20 2011-04-28 パナソニック株式会社 Hearing aid
EP2362683A1 (en) * 2010-02-16 2011-08-31 Oticon A/S Hearing aid with a casing element
EP2381701A1 (en) * 2010-04-21 2011-10-26 Bernafon AG Hearing aid with a battery drawer or lid
DE102010041263A1 (en) 2010-09-23 2012-03-29 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. Housing of hearing aid, has sealing lip element whose preset end is elastically deformed in sealing condition, to have bend portion so that element surface is located on partial surface of housing portion
JP5080703B2 (en) * 2011-01-07 2012-11-21 パナソニック株式会社 Hearing aid
EP2587840A1 (en) * 2011-10-25 2013-05-01 Oticon A/S Hearing aid retainer accessory
DK2632179T3 (en) * 2012-02-22 2019-01-28 Oticon As Hearing aid with cover and programming connector
DE102012203768A1 (en) * 2012-03-09 2013-09-12 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. Battery holder for a hearing aid
US8903112B2 (en) * 2012-12-21 2014-12-02 Gn Resound A/S Battery door and hearing device
US9788130B2 (en) * 2013-01-15 2017-10-10 Advanced Bionics Ag Removable battery holder in a hearing assistance device
US9648429B2 (en) * 2013-05-10 2017-05-09 Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Hearing assistance device with improved microphone protection
US9190640B2 (en) * 2013-06-03 2015-11-17 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Cover opening and closing apparatus for electronic appliances
DE102013219135A1 (en) * 2013-09-24 2015-03-26 Siemens Medical Instruments Pte. Ltd. Hearing instrument with battery switch
DK2930945T3 (en) * 2014-04-07 2018-11-26 Oticon As Hearing aid device that has battery drawer

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date
CN104980871A (en) 2015-10-14
US20150289068A1 (en) 2015-10-08
US9445206B2 (en) 2016-09-13
US20170041722A1 (en) 2017-02-09
EP2930945A1 (en) 2015-10-14
EP2930945B1 (en) 2018-08-22
EP3422741A1 (en) 2019-01-02
CN104980871B (en) 2019-09-20
US9838806B2 (en) 2017-12-05

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US7421086B2 (en) Hearing aid system
CN102378077B (en) Integral ear adapter of in-type earphone
US9210517B2 (en) Hearing assistance device with brain computer interface
US5404407A (en) Programmable hearing aid unit
US20090262964A1 (en) Hearing aid, expansion unit and method for manufacturing a hearing aid
EP2408221B1 (en) Hearing aid
CA1258434A (en) Hearing aid
US7302071B2 (en) Bone conduction hearing assistance device
TWI631857B (en) Audio device and method for controlling operation of an earbud
AU773761B2 (en) Direct tympanic drive via a floating filament assembly
US4596899A (en) Telephone hearing aid
US7142926B2 (en) Quick connect earhook system for BTE devices
US8873786B2 (en) Retaining module for the earpiece of a hearing aid
US4961230A (en) Hearing aid programming interface
US7233676B2 (en) Otoplasty for behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
DE102004016573B3 (en) ITE hearing aid for the binaural care of a patient
JP2006516852A (en) Wireless in-vivo communication system, apparatus and method
US8983102B2 (en) Speech processor headpiece
US20110280426A1 (en) Partially Implantable Hearing Aid
US20070106345A1 (en) General purpose accessory for a cochlear implant system
ES2242182T3 (en) Improvement of the auditive protesis in the intracanal deep insertion, or miniaturized peritimpanic auditive protesis.
US6382346B2 (en) Retention and extraction device for a hearing aid
JP5765786B2 (en) Open canal hearing aid
JP4778052B2 (en) Hearing aids and earpieces for hearing aids
US6549634B1 (en) Behind-the-ear hearing aid